From artistic heaven towards bureaucratic hell

On EDGE: Opinion
by Brent Reaney
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
EDGE Online

As a magazine publisher, we think about stuff like trademark, copyright and intellectual property a little more than most. When Courtney Holmes submitted the “little tree” concept that would eventually become our December/January 2013 cover, we loved it right away:

But we also thought there would be some sort of trademark held over the iconic air freshener. Checking into it, on their website we found a clear and valid explanation for why you can’t use the shape of the air freshener in just about anything.

But then we saw this:

Then again, lawyers make enough money as it is. If you really want to use one of our trademarks, why not ask us first? We have often said yes. Just ask the people behind many of the movies, TV shows and advertising campaigns that have featured our brands.

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EDGE YK Solstice Slam - Saturday, June 21

Click on the event poster above to RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Taking the FREE bus to the FOTR site? Here’s the schedule for the evening:

From City Hall to FOTR Site: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

From Coyote’s to FOTR Site: 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m.

The last bus will leave the FOTR site, dropping people off at the Coyote’s parking lot and then City Hall, at 2:30 a.m.

Issue 14: June/July 2014

Our June/July issue is now online. Click on Tim Van Horn's cover image to read the issue or download a .PDF here.

We know these are the warmest, longest, days of the year in YK, so we appreciate your desire to get outside and enjoy them. This issue will inspire you beyond the requisite camping trips.

There’s EDGE YK’s guide to best outdoor dates, an invitation to our FREE Solstice Slam dance party, after-work canoe trips and lots more, including a who’s who look at who’s making waves in Yellowknife’s social media scene. Read on…

T-Bo was truly an original

by Brent Reaney
EDGE YK Online
April 16, 2014

I’ll be clear off the top that this is not an obituary. It’s a reflective post based on my memories and experiences with Francois Thibault, AKA T-Bo.

I don’t know the story of his final days or more than most people did about the artist’s personal life. T-Bo died recently and, as the publisher of this magazine, I regret not working harder to have someone interview him. We also wanted to ask him to write his own story, but weren’t able to connect before he passed away.

I’ll never forget when he told me he was dying. I’d emailed to see if he wanted to make changes to the ad for his jewellery shop in the April/May issue, and he called me back right away.

"We might have to change the plan for this one," he said in his usual raspy voice, but sounding as if he had a cold. "I’m dying."

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YK Pizza Meltdown Update: Main Street vs. Diamante

by Mariella Amodio
EDGE YK Online
April 7, 2014

A new restaurant, Main Street Pizza, just appeared on YK’s pizza delivery scene. Unfortunately, it opened after EDGE YK had a taste test of other pizza places (see YK’s Pizza Meltdown in the April/May issue), the winner of which was Diamante.

That’s why I have been invited by the magazine to taste it and judge it. At this point, I think I need to introduce myself. My name is Mariella and I’m an Italian living in Yellowknife. My nationality made me a perfect jury member, or rather, The Judge. As an Italian living abroad, I never expected to find here, in the deep North, the real Italian pizza. After all, I want to explain to you North American people what pizza means for me.

Pizza is not junk food or something that you can eat at 3 a.m. That is poutine. Pizza is a delicious and healthy food. You can have it for lunch or dinner. It’s a complete meal and it is suggested even if you are on a diet.

The most popular one in Italy is the Margherita: topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Tomato sauce is usually homemade made from fresh tomatoes, it’s not a thick tomato paste that comes in small cans. Mozzarella cheese is a semi-soft cheese made from cow’s milk or Italian buffalo’s milk, it’s not a “synthetic” cheese. Green basil is fresh and you lay it on top, it has to be fresh and it’s not pesto. All those ingredients are layered up on a thin, crisp crust that should be cooked in a wood-fired oven. That said, I was not expecting this kind of pizza here in Yellowknife.

I had to taste pizza from two different places here in town, one was Diamante – the winner from the competition that had taken place a few weeks ago at EDGE YK – and the other one was the new Main Street Pizza.

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Issue 13: April/May 2014

Our April/May issue is now online. Click on James Mackenzie’s cover photo to read the issue, or download a .PDF here.

The April/May issue is, hands down, our oddest to date. We didn’t plan it that way, but contributors seemed a bit fixated with weird animal stories - elephants racing down Franklin, a St. Bernard drooling on the Royals, advice on how to ‘untuffen’ muskox meat.

Non-animalistic content includes Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox’s commentary on devolution and Jack Danylchuk’s Edgeitorial on the extended term MLAs voted themselves. Jennifer Hunt-Poitras makes her EDGE YK debut with a story on the healing power of music and Loren McGinnis deconstructs the reality behind reality TV. There’s lots more, including an EDGE YK breakdown on who has the best delivery pizza in town, and it’s not Delissio.

Issue 12: Feb/Mar 2014

Our Feb/Mar issue is now online. Click on Paul Ainsworth’s cover illustration to read the issue, or download a low-res .PDF here.

It’s a feverish time in Yellowknife. There’s face-time with the sun again and things are heating up. Festivals are gathering steam at a feverish pitch — The Snowking Festival, Long John Jamboree — and then there’s Olympic fever…go Michael Gilday! The Feb/March issue of EDGE YK is hot off the press and smokin’. Who is YK’s best male athlete? How do you make a snow castle anyhow? What does Chief Erasmus have to say? Is Kam Lake YK’s new Old Town? What?…a new brew pub! Dig in trusted readers, and feel the glow.

Feb/Mar Preview - Old Town Brew Pub on the way

There’s been a lot of social media chatter recently about a plan to open a brew pub in Old Town this spring.

As we get ready to release our Feb/Mar issue, here’s a sneak peek in the form of writer Alex Power’s look at the need for a brewery in YK and the couple planning to make it happen.

Issue 11: Dec/Jan 2013

You can practically smell the good things in the Dec/Jan holiday issue of EDGE YK. To view online, click on Courtney Holmes’ cover artwork (scratch’n sniff will not work), or download a low-res.PDF here.

Inside you’ll find compelling reasons to keep Con’s Robertson Headframe from getting the shaft. Architect Dave Stone re-imagines a greener future for it, and Paige Saunders crunches some business numbers. Designer Myka Jones takes you on a trip through the city with an eye to the smaller, beautiful things you may be overlooking. Paul Andrew compares growing up a Shuhtoatine Dene on the land with his urban lifestyle, and Steve Schwarz ponders the question, Is Yellowknife Sinking? Special thanks to Brad Heath for reporting on the many ways Yellowknifers will be celebrating the season.

How YK’s appeal for more seats was shafted – again

by Jack Danylchuk
EDGE YK Online
On EDGE: Opinion
November 11, 2013

Hansard doesn’t record gestures or expressions, but it’s hard to imagine that a wink, a blink or a nudge didn’t pass between Bob McLeod and Michael Miltenberger after the premier’s brief contribution to the debate on electoral boundaries.

“We shouldn’t be increasing seats because the population is moving around,” said McLeod, who chose to give more weight to the Territory’s marginal population loss than the growth that devolution and resource extraction promise, opting instead for a realignment of constituency boundaries.

If anyone worried that Yellowknife’s interests would be sacrificed, McLeod reminded fellow legislators that “we are a consensus government. We don’t have political parties, so we don’t have to worry about gerrymandering when it comes to setting electoral boundaries.”

Nothing could be further from the truth that comes from long experience. Electoral boundaries have been fiddled to reflect language, culture and geography, to pander to fears that Yellowknife might dominate the legislature, and once by a court order that granted the capital its proper entitlement of seats. But that was a long ago; fundamental changes are overdue.

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